Working with working names

Blog post
Published: 26.06.2009

In response to MiMi : The Working Name (22.06.2009)

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  Matilda knows her name.
(And, yes, she understands nyet! as well as non!)

I know my name.
Margaret is Margaret, whatever the climate. But, there are many Margarets

You know your names : so many names : Professor Hooligan Micha Michail Michael Kit Paganini.

Is a leopard still a leopard without its spotted name?

I have a uni-zebra-corn hanging in the window of my study. He is “aghaei-sharareh-pandikow-wiebke-untitled-2015-2014”

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Matilda (Crown Princess Matilda: now we know about her royal heritage) luxuriates in the sun streaming into her Winter Palace.
Sometimes she behaves like a royal princess, sometimes like an angel, sometimes like an alley-cat, sometimes like a hell-cat.
Likewise Margaret.

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I listen to my pieces. I am changing some of my indeterminate-determining working names: to accommodate the grain of the stone, which is resisting the down-pouring rain of the graver, the swirling clouds of the scriber, and is denying the darkening of ink.
Now each piece-in-progress has a list of potential names. Some determined. Some resigned to their fate.

So many enigmas for the cat-owner. For the jeweller.
Life in flux.


About the author

Margaret West is an artist who sometimes makes jewellery; she writes: mostly poetry essays. She has exhibited widely in Australia overseas. She lives in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.

About this blog

Touching the thingness of words the wordness of things.